\ ˈsüt͟h How to pronounce soothe (audio) \
soothed; soothing

Definition of soothe

transitive verb

1 : to please by or as if by attention or concern : placate
2 : relieve, alleviate soothe a cough
3 : to bring comfort, solace, or reassurance to music soothes the soul

intransitive verb

: to bring peace, composure, or quietude

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Other Words from soothe

soother noun

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Examples of soothe in a Sentence

The waiter tried to soothe the angry customer. This cream soothes aching muscles. Her nerves were soothed by a warm bath. Nothing can soothe their pain.
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Recent Examples on the Web And to soothe dry lips, try Becca Cosmetics' Hydra-Light Smoothing Lip Scrub. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Ulta Beauty's Love Your Skin Event Is Here, and the Deals Are So Good," 5 Jan. 2021 There are so many questions to ask, but none of the answers will soothe anyone’s pain. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: The death of Utah running back Ty Jordan is a cruel punch to the gut," 26 Dec. 2020 Make sure to drink plenty of water to soothe your throat both before, during and after exercise. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "Should you skip or keep your workout if you're sick? Here's how to tell," 25 Dec. 2020 Brevard County residents extracted maximum Christmas bang for the buck by getting trees early to enjoy them for as long as possible to soothe any blues from the coronavirus pandemic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Seaweed surplus, vaccine dose reductions, DC gets help: News from around our 50 states," 21 Dec. 2020 Here are eight personal favorites, all available on Netflix, tailor-made to soothe what’s troubling you. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "8 episodes of 'The West Wing' that will soothe your troubled soul," 9 Oct. 2020 Dip your toes into Ulta's new Conscious Beauty section with select products on sale from brands like Indie Lee, Kinship, and Grown Alchemist, or stock up on the cult favorite First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream to soothe your winter skin. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Ulta Sale 2021: The Best 50% Off Deals From the Love Your Skin Event," 5 Jan. 2021 Don't forget to soothe your skin with pre-shave gel and aftershave balm. Bob Beacham,, "The best shave kit," 22 Dec. 2020 Another rescue dog, a beagle/terrier mix, helped soothe the ache after Mitty died. Washington Post, "Traveling through the pandemic in the company of dogs," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of soothe

1617, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for soothe

Middle English sothen to verify, from Old English sōthian, from sōth

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The first known use of soothe was in 1617

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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Soothe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce soothe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of soothe

: to cause (someone) to be calmer, less angry, etc.
: to cause (a part of the body) to feel better
: to cause (pain) to go away or become less severe


\ ˈsüt͟h How to pronounce soothe (audio) \
soothed; soothing

Kids Definition of soothe

1 : to please by praise or attention The waiter tried to soothe the angry customer.
2 : relieve sense 1 Lotion will soothe your sunburn.
3 : to calm down : comfort Papa was trying to soothe Mama, who was wheezing heavily from asthma and excitement.— George Selden, The Cricket in Times Square

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